Rowena started as a lecturer in Microbiology and Infectious Disease in the College of Medicine at Swansea University in 2017. Prior to this she worked as a lecturer on the Biomedical Sciences courses at Cardiff Metropolitan University (2013-2017).

Her research team are focused on the effect of novel antimicrobial agents on pathogenic bacteria found in clinical infections, particularly chronic infections such as those seen in diabetic foot ulcers and cystic fibrosis lungs infection, and the impact on the microbiome within those conditions. Rowena also has an interest in the potential for natural antimicrobial agents to improve the efficacy of conventional antibiotics against antibiotic resistant bacteria and biofilms.

She has developed several collaborative partnerships which allow the research to address clinical challenges, with partners such as NEEM Biotech Ltd, Nottingham University Veterinary School, Loughborough Chemical Engineering department and Cardiff and Vale and Cwm Taff Health Boards.

Rowena is the Editor for Microbiology Today and a member of the Microbiology Society Communications Committee.  She is also the secretary for the South Wales branch of the Royal Society of Biology. 

Rowena is based in the ILS1 building, in room 138


Areas of Expertise




Novel antimicrobial agents




Antimicrobial resistance






Areas of Expertise

  • Microbiology
  • Biofilm
  • AMR
  • manuka


  1. & The intracellular effects of manuka honey on Staphylococcus aureus. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases 29(1), 45-50.
  2. & The effect of manuka honey on the structure of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases 30(2), 167-171.
  3. & Effect of manuka honey on the expression of universal stress protein A in meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 37(4), 373-376.
  4. & Manuka honey inhibits cell division in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 66(11), 2536-2542.
  5. & Improving Antibiotic Activity against Wound Pathogens with Manuka Honey In Vitro. PLoS ONE 7(9), e45600

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    Other supervisor: Dr Thomas Wilkinson
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowena Jenkins
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowena Jenkins